THE scaffolding is going up and soon Corowa’s John Foord Bridge will be a hive of activity as it receives a major facelift.
The iron lattice bridge over the Murray River will be closed to traffic from Monday week as the bridge’s decking is replaced.
The work is the result of the NSW government approving a $400,000 grant for the work.
The member for Albury Greg Aplin said Roads and Maritime Services had timed the work after asking the community about when would be the best time to do it with a minimum of disruption.
“All traffic will use the nearby Federation Bridge,” he said.
“Signs will give motorists advance warning of the closure and the detour.
“They will also advise which small businesses at the southern end of the bridge are still open for business.”
Pedestrians can use the bridge but are urged to look out for work equipment on site.
Work is expected to be finished by September 27, weather permitting.
Motorists are encouraged to plan their trips, allow extra travel time, and obey all signs.
Work began on the bridge in 1889. It opened to traffic in 1893.
It is one of six metal lace truss bridges designed by J A McDonald and the only one cross- ing the Murray River.